Editor’s Letter: New Year, New Global Solutions

By Debbie Bolla

Who better to provide a close look into What’s Ahead for 2018 than leaders in their field? We couldn’t think of anyone -and luckily, some of our CHRO of the Year and Talent Acquisition Leader of the Year awards winners were up for lending some key insight into their agendas for the next 12 months.

With 84 per cent of HR leaders reporting that the work they are doing will prepare their organisation for the future (according to Randstad Sourceright), it’s more important than ever for HR teams to have their fingers on the pulse of what’s needed to succeed.

“We are focusing on how HR supports and drives strategy at Azkoyen Group,” says Oscar Gonzalez, HR director of Azkoyen Group. One way Gonzalez and his team are executing on this initiative is by evolving to a proactive recruiting model that ensures the organisation has the right talent at the right time. But retaining top performers is equally important, and talent maps, apprasials, and a new training programme are all key ways Gonzalez’ team is hitting this goal.

For Andrew Stephenson, group people director for Lookers, it’s all about the employee experience. “This year we are focusing on providing a meaningful and noticeable difference for our employees and our customers,” he says.

Some may argue that Lookers is ahead of the curve already by offering 12 months of full maternity pay and up to seven weeks of holiday time. But continued improvements are being introduced in 2018 with a more engaging learning platform and an open and transparent feedback process.

According to Brandon Hall, 84 per cent of organisations are anticipating a shortage of leaders by 2020, so it’s not surprising that Corporate HR Executive Director Mojca Domiter has her eye on fostering workforce advancement for Atlantic Grupa. “We are developing authentic leadership within which we are aligning all of our leadership programmes to match our vision and values, not only in content but also in a way of delivery.”

These leaders -and many others through the entire issue -offer many new solutions for the new year.

Tags: Global-Winter-2018, Magazine Article

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